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Cotaco Convention

Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church, Morgan County, Alabama

Saturday, July 23, 2022

The 133rd session of the Cotaco Convention was held on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July. The class was called to order by Nicholas Thompson leading 76t. The opening prayer was offered by Tom George.

Leaders: Nicholas Thompson 100; Judy Caudle 63; Craig Holmes 111t; Linda Booth 454; Butch White 313b (for Henry Guthery); David Light 112; Rebekah Gilmore 144; Beth Branscome 474; Cheyenne Ivey and Mamie Sisemore 155; Scott Ivey 91; Reba Windom 418 (for Nate and Norma Green); Susan Cherones 349; Isaac Green 395; Daniel Hopper 268, 149 (for J.L. Hopper); Daniel Lee 302; Amber Davis 391.


Nicholas Thompson led 220 (for Carol Newman). Leaders: Blake Sisemore 101t; Dennis George 386; Larry Ballinger 224; Nancy Phillips 277; Lisa Geist 377; David Ivey 401 (in memory of Renae Makris); Tom Booth 441; Tim Gregg 271t; April Watkins 278b; Emily Stutzman 35; Earl Ballinger 61; Joyce White 36b; Sarah George 187; Nicholas Thompson and Judy Caudle 460 (for Arvid Holmes). Elder Daniel Hopper asked a blessing at the tables.


The afternoon session began with Nicholas Thompson leading 129. Leaders: Daniel Hopper 479; Tim Gregg 156; Tom George 130, 503; Lisa Geist 228; Cheryl Waskiewicz 448t.

The memorial lesson was held at this time. Judy Caudle read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Ramona Light, Sandra Light, Juanita Beasley, Richard Mauldin, Betty Shepherd, Geraldine Sharpton, Jerry Kitchens, Nate Green, Norma Green, Ed Thacker, Margaret Thacker, Henry Guthery, Ozella Blackmon, and Philip Denney. She led 131b.

Judy read the following list of names of the deceased: Jayne Fulmer, Joan Aldridge, and Renae Makris—Alabama; Solomon Ossa—Oregon; Rebecca Over—United Kingdom. The led 119 in memory of the deceased. The following list of names are local people who have recently died: James Holmes, Kevin Ozbolt, Jane Long, Ronnie Cobbs, Jerry Holmes, Anita Holmes, and Wilda Holmes. Judy Caudle and Nicholas Thompson led 459. Dennis George closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Scott Ivey 83t; Sarah George 208; Blake Sisemore 475; Rebekah Gilmore 411; Emily Stutzman 282; David Light 200, 436; Beth Branscome 350; Susan Cherones and Daniel Lee 278t; Butch White and Joyce White 547; Dennis George, Tom George, Sarah George, and James George 546; Amber Davis 300; Larry Ballinger and Earl Ballinger 439; Isaac Green 422 (for Margaret Keeton); Nicholas Thompson and Judy Caudle 276 (in memory of Glenda Hopper), 304 (for J.L. Hopper); Nicholas Thompson 487 (by request), 457 (by request). Announcements were made.

Nicholas Thompson led 323t as the closing song. Butch White offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Nicholas Thompson; Secretary—Judy Caudle